Southgate, 3 Southgate Avenue, Southbank
03 9696 3334
- Risotto Granchio
- Funghi Misti Risotto
- Panna Cotta Gelato
- Cappuccino Gelato
It was a brilliant start to our Italian dinner with the Ristto Granchio. The vibrant orange appearance made way for some incredible, bold flavours. The creamy, comforting arborio rice was cooked to perfect softness, soaking up the flavoursome broth made with beautifully aromatic and ripe San Marzano tomato as well as plenty of chilli creating a throaty spice that carried plenty of heat. Absolutely irresistible.
The Funghi Misti did not disappoint either. With a drizzle of truffle oil on top, the risotto was exceptionally fragrant. Within, the once again perfect risotto inherited plenty of bold, mushroom flavours with a hint of umami. Combined with shaved parmesan and a bit of pepper, this vegetarian dish was bold and without compromise.
Rounding it all off was their delicious home-made gelato. With a variety of very Italian flavours to pick from, we opted for the Panna Cotta and Cappuccino. Our favourite was no doubt the cappuccino, which delivered a bold hit of espresso rounded off by a pleasant sweetness and a lovely creaminess throughout. The sprinkles of chocolate perfectly topped it all off.
Tucked away in the second level in Southgate, Tutto Benne is an authentic Italian eatery that’s escaped our radar till now. Their risotto, while perhaps not the healthiest of options, no doubt won our praise and our hearts, being so full of flavour and heavenly rich. Don’t forget about their gelato either, which was pretty spot on too!
As at the time of writing, they are offering $20 takeaway of any gnocchi and gelato during this pandemic, which represents amazing value and a great way to support small businesses.
Would Penguin Eat Again?
Penguineats dined complementary of Southgate.